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FCPA Seminar: The UK Bribery Act 2010

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The UK Bribery Act 2010 – How Will It Impact the Energy Industry and How Does It Compare With the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

Given the focus by regulators in many countries on corruption within the energy industry, it is critical that in-house counsel and compliance officers stay abreast of the relevant laws and enforcement trends in this highly-scrutinized industry. When the UK Bribery Act 2010 comes into force in April, all existing UK anti-bribery laws will be abolished and replaced with a suite of new bribery offenses. The Act has been the subject of much comment and, in view of its wide extra-territorial reach, clearly raises important issues for all those who are subject to UK legal oversight. This will include all those who carry business through a subsidiary or otherwise in any part of the UK.
On its face, the UK Bribery Act 2010 will make it significantly easier for the UK law enforcement agencies to achieve convictions for bribery offenses against both corporations and individuals and propels the UK into the vanguard of nations fighting the global war against bribery and corruption. In many respects, the Act goes significantly further than the equivalent laws in other jurisdictions and it is therefore important for those who are or may become subject to the new Act to ensure that their compliance and risk management programs are in line with the new requirements.
Please join Mayer Brown partners who will address:
  • the new offenses introduced by the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the Serious Fraud Office’s approach to enforcement;
  • the differences between the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the implications this may have for your business operations; and
  • the essentials for an effective global anti-corruption compliance program.
Date & Time
Thursday, February 3, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m
. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Program
Mayer Brown LLP
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Houston, TX 77002-2730
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Speaker Andrew Legg; Lynn Neils; Michael Volkov
London Partner Mayer Brown Andrew Legg  Partner Experience  Andrew Legg is a senior litigation partner in our London office who over nearly the last three decades has amassed a wealth of commercial litigation and regulatory experience.  He heads up the Finance Dispute Resolution practice in London and his work focuses ...

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Andrew LeggAndrew Legg 



Andrew Legg is a senior litigation partner in our London office who over nearly the last three decades has amassed a wealth of commercial litigation and regulatory experience.  He heads up the Finance Dispute Resolution practice in London and his work focuses on banking and financial services, insolvency related disputes, investigations and regulatory work, M&A disputes, professional negligence, IT/Telecoms and trust disputes (in both corporate and private contexts).  He has extensive trial experience and has also handled a number of arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations.

Andrew joined the London office of Mayer Brown in 2004 and for the previous 14 years he was a partner in the London office of a UK magic circle firm.  Andrew is a member of the Mayer Brown White Collar Criminal Defence and Compliance practice group and often advises clients on anti-corruption and related issues.  He regularly makes presentations and writes on anti-bribery issues as well as other topics.

Andrew is highly regarded and especially praised for his work on securitisation matters, he is "commercial and understands the products that we work on as well as we do" say sources. Another source calls him "unflappable: nothing fazes him and he has an amazing eye for detail" notes Chambers UK 2011. Clients praise the "experienced and sensible" Andrew for being a "delightful and insightful lawyer" notes Legal 500, 2010. Chambers & Partners UK Directory 2010 ranks him as a leading individual and remarks that he is "a highly accomplished commercial litigator" and that he maintains "a sense of calm and professionalism, and manages client relationships sensitively."  Previous editions of the Chambers & Partners UK Directory refer to him as "a superb strategist," "a strong and experienced individual" and that clients observe he is "just terrific" and "calm and professional, he isn't bombastic for the sake of it and achieves great things as a consequence."

Notable Engagements 

  • Represented the London Metal Exchange in relation to the events of the Tin Crisis following the default of the International Tin Council.  Judgments reported at Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. & Anor v. Maclaine Watson & Co Limited,  JH Rayner (Mincing Lane) Limited & Ors (1989) 2 Lloyd's Reports 580; and Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. & Anor v. Maclaine Watson & Co Limited, JH Rayner (Mincing Lane) Limited & Ors (on intervention by the International Tin Council) (1987) 1 WLR 480 CA (1988) 1 WLR 16 (H.L.).

  • Represented a major reinsurer on the enforceability of a pool agreement.  Judgments reported at Orion Insurance Company PLC v. Sphere Drake Insurance PLC (1990) 1 Lloyd's Law Reports 465; (1992) 1 Lloyd's Law Reports 239, CA.

  • Represented an Arranger and Agent Bank on effecting recoveries with respect to a series of commercial property loans.  Judgments reported at Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA v. Eagle Star Insurance Company Limited (1995) 2 WLR 607; and Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA v. Zurich Insurance Company (1999) 1 Lloyd's Law Reports 262.

  • Represented an Arranger and Agent Bank in relation to a claim against it by bank syndicate members.  Judgment reported at Sumitomo Bank Limited & Ors v. Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA (1997) 1 Lloyd's Law Reports 487.

  • Following the collapse of Barings, represented Law Debenture as Trustee of a set of Notes issued by the Dutch finance vehicle of the Barings Group (LDC Trustees Ltd v (1) Barings Plc (2) Barings B.V. (3) The Law Debenture Trust Corporation, 1995.

  • Acted for insolvency practitioners on a variety of different liquidations (including, in particular, acting for KPMG as provisional liquidators and scheme administrators of Anglo American Insurance Company Limited).

  • Advised professional trustees of a family settlement in proceedings commenced against them by beneficiaries in the Cayman Islands.

  • Acted for a US Investment Bank in a dispute concerning the terms and effect of the head lease in respect of its European HQ.

  • Advised the professional trustees of a family settlement in proceedings against them commenced in Bermuda.

  • Advised a Bond Trustee in connection with litigation in Perth, Western Australia, arising out of the collapse of the Bell Group.

  • Represented a major UK power company on various contractual disputes arising out of the disposal of its power generation interests.

  • Represented an international chemicals company in a price dispute relating to the supply of goods and services pursuant to a complex suite of agreements.

  • Headed the Mayer Brown/London team working with colleagues in the US and Continental Europe to conduct a multi-jurisdictional internal investigation of potential US sanctions compliance shortcomings of a European financial services firm with extensive US operations.

  • Represented the UK Housebuilder, Persimmon, in its successful appeal to the House of Lords in a case which is now a leading authority on the English law rules of governing contractual interpretation.  Judgment reported at Chartbrook Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd and Persimmon PLC EWHC 409 and Chartbrook Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd and Persimmon PLC [2009] UKHL 38.

  • Represented one of the world's leading providers of financial and market data in a complex series of disputes with a contract counterparty on a network and IT outsourcing agreement.

  • Represented two hedge funds on a high value contractual dispute relating to the acquisition of a UK power station.


Leeds University, LLB 2(i), 1979 • The College of Law, Chester, 1979–1980


  • England and Wales, 1982

Lynn A. Neils 



Lynn Neils is a partner in the New York office and a co-Action Group Leader of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance practice.  Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2009, Lynn served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and the District of New Jersey.  During her more than 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Lynn worked on a wide variety of cases, including securities fraud, accounting fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, art fraud, insurance fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and obstruction of justice matters.  In 2004, she was promoted to Chief of the Major Crimes Unit in the SDNY where she supervised approximately 20 senior Assistant United States Attorneys in handling the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of complex white collar cases.

Most recently, Lynn was Senior Counsel at Johnson & Johnson and was responsible for: (1) handling a large caseload of criminal and civil matters; (2) conducting internal investigations; (3) advising on compliance and regulatory matters, including those related to the FCPA; and (4) condu

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